Today’s Political Environment and the 12 Women who Jesus appointed to do basically the same job as the 12 Male Apostles

Editorial Article by Jim Lantern, Lantern Timeglass Journal

Monday 1 August 2016

Today’s Political Environment and the 12 Women who Jesus appointed to do basically the same job as the 12 Male Apostles 

We live in a time, especially here in the United States, where more women have jobs and positions of authority than ever before. The Liberal Progressive Democrats helped to elect a black American man at first perceived to be a Centrist Democrat to be President, and it now appears a woman could easily be next. Hillary Clinton has already made history as the first women to be nominated and accepted for presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.

Disclaimer: What I’m presenting herein does not mean I’d vote for Hillary Clinton to be our next President. Even so, as a Centrist, I do have my Liberal side – agreeing with Democrats on some issues. Also, there is some cause, based on history, to be optimistic about her upon becoming President. When the reality of sitting in that chair in the oval office of the White House has full impact, transforming candidate into President, it changes them – for better or worse. I have my pessimistic side too, for what could happen if she engages in abuse of power.

It is of course a well known fact Hillary Clinton has arrived at this point in history not without controversy. Her record, as well as the Benghazi and email issues. There is some history to indicate she might be in good company – with some other women in history but for a different purpose. Raises a question. Would Jesus, if here physically in person today, rule her out because of her controversial background, or not count it against her to accept her for such an important position? The answer can be found in the evidence of how Jesus treated women while he was physically here on Earth, in particular 12 women – and a few of them had backgrounds much more controversial than that of Hillary Clinton. A few of the better ones were perhaps more like Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

I’ve always had a strong belief in the equality of men and women. I’ve always extended that belief to government, military, normal jobs, and especially to religion – the church. However, the church has been male-dominated for most of its known history, men deciding if and how women could participate. It was a man, who happened to be a Son of God, who decided the future of women in the church. It was other men in history, far from being sons of God, who disagreed with Jesus and limited the authority and participation of women in the church. They suppressed some of his other teachings too. I believe that at one time there was one Son of God, but that as time has passed the Family of God has increased to Sons of God and Daughters of God – sent to inhabited worlds to liberate all souls.

At this point, my editorial ends. The following is not opinion. It is recorded true history – fact. I have a personal connection to this. One of my aunts was the personal secretary of a man in Chicago who acquired this material in the 1930’s and put it into book form in 1956 – same year I was born. So I begin with some excerpts from that history book containing The Life and Teachings of Jesus, partly based on the not well known Gospel of Andrew and the Gospel of Thomas. The following events really happened exactly as described…

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ON SUNDAY evening, January 16, A.D. 29, Abner, with the apostles of John, reached Bethsaida and went into joint conference with Andrew and the apostles of Jesus the next day. Abner and his associates made their headquarters at Hebron and were in the habit of coming up to Bethsaida periodically for these conferences.

Among the many matters considered by this joint conference was the practice of anointing the sick with certain forms of oil in connection with prayers for healing. Again did Jesus decline to participate in their discussions or to express himself regarding their conclusions. The apostles of John had always used the anointing oil in their ministry to the sick and afflicted, and they sought to establish this as a uniform practice for both groups, but the apostles of Jesus refused to bind themselves by such a regulation.

On Tuesday, January 18, the twenty-four were joined by the tested evangelists, about seventy-five in number, at the Zebedee house in Bethsaida preparatory to being sent forth on the third preaching tour of Galilee. This third mission continued for a period of seven weeks.

The evangelists were sent out in groups of five, while Jesus and the twelve traveled together most of the time, the apostles going out two and two to baptize believers as occasion required. For a period of almost three weeks Abner and his associates also worked with the evangelistic groups, advising them and baptizing believers. They visited Magdala, Tiberias, Nazareth, and all the principal cities and villages of central and southern Galilee, all the places previously visited and many others. This was their last message to Galilee, except to the northern portions.

Of all the daring things which Jesus did in connection with his earth career, the most amazing was his sudden announcement on the evening of January 16: “On the morrow we will set apart ten women for the ministering work of the kingdom.” At the beginning of the two weeks’ period during which the apostles and the evangelists were to be absent from Bethsaida on their furlough, Jesus requested David to summon his parents back to their home and to dispatch messengers calling to Bethsaida ten devout women who had served in the administration of the former encampment and the tented infirmary. These women had all listened to the instruction given the young evangelists, but it had never occurred to either themselves or their teachers that Jesus would dare to commission women to teach the gospel of the kingdom and minister to the sick. These ten women selected and commissioned by Jesus were: Susanna, the daughter of the former chazan of the Nazareth synagogue; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas; Elizabeth, the daughter of a wealthy Jew of Tiberias and Sepphoris; Martha, the elder sister of Andrew and Peter; Rachel, the sister-in-law of Jude, the Master’s brother in the flesh; Nasanta, the daughter of Elman, the Syrian physician; Milcha, a cousin of the Apostle Thomas; Ruth, the eldest daughter of Matthew Levi; Celta, the daughter of a Roman centurion; and Agaman, a widow of Damascus. Subsequently, Jesus added two other women to this group ― Mary Magdalene and Rebecca, the daughter of Joseph of Arimathea.

Jesus authorized these women to effect their own organization and directed Judas to provide funds for their equipment and for pack animals. The ten elected Susanna as their chief and Joanna as their treasurer. From this time on they furnished their own funds; never again did they draw upon Judas for support.

It was most astounding in that day, when women were not even allowed on the main floor of the synagogue (being confined to the women’s gallery), to behold them being recognized as authorized teachers of the new gospel of the kingdom. The charge which Jesus gave these ten women as he set them apart for gospel teaching and ministry was the emancipation proclamation which set free all women and for all time; no more was man to look upon woman as his spiritual inferior. This was a decided shock to even the twelve apostles. Notwithstanding they had many times heard the Master say that “in the kingdom of heaven there is neither rich nor poor, free nor bond, male nor female, all are equally the sons and daughters of God,” they were literally stunned when he proposed formally to commission these ten women as religious teachers and even to permit their traveling about with them. The whole country was stirred up by this proceeding, the enemies of Jesus making great capital out of this move, but everywhere the women believers in the good news stood stanchly behind their chosen sisters and voiced no uncertain approval of this tardy acknowledgment of woman’s place in religious work. And this liberation of women, giving them due recognition, was practiced by the apostles immediately after the Master’s departure, albeit they fell back to the olden customs in subsequent generations. Throughout the early days of the Christian church women teachers and ministers were called deaconesses and were accorded general recognition. But Paul, despite the fact that he conceded all this in theory, never really incorporated it into his own attitude and personally found it difficult to carry out in practice.

As the apostolic party journeyed from Bethsaida, the women traveled in the rear. During the conference time they always sat in a group in front and to the right of the speaker. Increasingly, women had become believers in the gospel of the kingdom, and it had been a source of much difficulty and no end of embarrassment when they had desired to hold personal converse with Jesus or one of the apostles. Now all this was changed. When any of the women believers desired to see the Master or confer with the apostles, they went to Susanna, and in company with one of the twelve women evangelists, they would go at once into the presence of the Master or one of his apostles.

It was at Magdala that the women first demonstrated their usefulness and vindicated the wisdom of their choosing. Andrew had imposed rather strict rules upon his associates about doing personal work with women, especially with those of questionable character. When the party entered Magdala, these ten women evangelists were free to enter the evil resorts and preach the glad tidings directly to all their inmates. And when visiting the sick, these women were able to draw very close in their ministry to their afflicted sisters. As the result of the ministry of these ten women (afterward known as the twelve women) at this place, Mary Magdalene was won for the kingdom. Through a succession of misfortunes and in consequence of the attitude of reputable society toward women who commit such errors of judgment, this woman had found herself in one of the nefarious resorts of Magdala. It was Martha and Rachel who made plain to Mary that the doors of the kingdom were open to even such as she. Mary believed the good news and was baptized by Peter the next day.

Mary Magdalene became the most effective teacher of the gospel among this group of twelve women evangelists. She was set apart for such service, together with Rebecca, at Jotapata about four weeks subsequent to her conversion. Mary and Rebecca, with the others of this group, went on through the remainder of Jesus’ life on earth, laboring faithfully and effectively for the enlightenment and uplifting of their downtrodden sisters; and when the last and tragic episode in the drama of Jesus’ life was being enacted, notwithstanding the apostles all fled but one, these women were all present, and not one either denied or betrayed him.

The Sabbath services of the apostolic party had been put in the hands of the women by Andrew, upon instructions from Jesus. This meant, of course, that they could not be held in the new synagogue. The women selected Joanna to have charge of this occasion, and the meeting was held in the banquet room of Herod’s new palace, Herod being away in residence at Julias in Perea. Joanna read from the Scriptures concerning woman’s work in the religious life of Israel, making reference to Miriam, Deborah, Esther, and others.

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My note: The Gospel of Andrew and the Gospel of Thomas were banned from the Holy Bible during The Council of Trent by men who did not agree with all of the teachings of Jesus, especially about the equality of men and women in general, and specifically about their equality in the church. History is written mainly by those who have the power to tell you only what they want you to know after much history revision and editing out what they don’t agree with. The truth is not as easily hidden as some would prefer. Such as the participation of women in the early Christian church, at its beginning. The relating history and scene of the crime, excerpted from Wikipedia…

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An Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church decided what would be allowed in the Bible and what would be banned from the Bible. They considered what Andrew and Thomas wrote to be crazy, so their Gospels were banned. Such as for example women being equal to men. It is considered to be one of the Church’s most important councils. It convened in Trento, Italy, then the capital of the Prince-Bishopric of Trent of the Holy Roman Empire, between December 13, 1545, and December 4, 1563 in twenty-five sessions for three periods. During the pontificate of Pope Paul III, the Council fathers met for the first through eighth sessions in Trento (1545–47), and for the ninth through eleventh sessions in Bologna (1547).Under Pope Julius III, the Council met in Trento (1551–52) for the twelfth through sixteenth sessions, and under Pope Pius IV, the seventeenth through twenty-fifth sessions took place in Trento (1559–63). Though the Early Church used the Old Testament according to the canon of the Septuagint (LXX), perhaps as found in the Bryennios List or Melito’s canon, the Apostles did not otherwise leave a defined set of new scriptures; instead, the New Testament developed over time. Writings attributed to the apostles circulated amongst the earliest Christian communities. The Pauline epistles were circulating in collected forms by the end of the 1st century AD. Justin Martyr, in the early 2nd century, mentions the “memoirs of the Apostles,” which Christians (Greek: Χριστιανός) called “gospels,” and which were considered to be authoritatively equal to the Old Testament.

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More excerpts from The Life and Teachings of Jesus partly based on the Gospel of Andrew and the Gospel of Thomas. How the Apostles and some of the women lived and died…

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Andrew, chairman of the apostolic corps of the kingdom, was born in Capernaum. He was the oldest child in a family of five ― himself, his brother Simon, and three sisters.

Very soon after Jesus’ ascension on high, Andrew began the writing of a personal record of many of the sayings and doings of his departed Master. After Andrew’s death other copies of this private record were made and circulated freely among the early teachers of the Christian church. These informal notes of Andrew’s were subsequently edited, amended, altered, and added to until they made up a fairly consecutive narrative of the Master’s life on earth. The last of these few altered and amended copies was destroyed by fire at Alexandria about one hundred years after the original was written by the first chosen of the twelve apostles.

When the later persecutions finally scattered the apostles from Jerusalem, Andrew journeyed through Armenia, Asia Minor, and Macedonia and, after bringing many thousands into the kingdom, was finally apprehended and crucified in Patrae in Achaia. It was two full days before this robust man expired on the cross, and throughout these tragic hours he continued effectively to proclaim the glad tidings of the salvation of the kingdom of heaven.

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When Simon joined the apostles, he was thirty years of age. He was married, had three children, and lived at Bethsaida, near Capernaum. His brother, Andrew, and his wife’s mother lived with him. Both Peter and Andrew were fisher partners of the sons of Zebedee.

Simon Peter’s wife was a very able woman. For years she labored acceptably as a member of the women’s corps, and when Peter was driven out of Jerusalem, she accompanied him upon all his journeys to the churches as well as on all his missionary excursions. And the day her illustrious husband yielded up his life, she was thrown to the wild beasts in the arena at Rome.

And so this man Simon Peter, an intimate of Jesus, one of the inner circle, went forth from Jerusalem proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom with power and glory until the fullness of his ministry had been accomplished; and he regarded himself as the recipient of high honors when his captors informed him that he must die as his Master had died ― on the cross. And thus was Simon Peter crucified in Rome.

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James, the older of the two apostle sons of Zebedee, whom Jesus nicknamed “sons of thunder,” was thirty years old when he became an apostle. He was married, had four children, and lived near his parents in the outskirts of Capernaum, Bethsaida. He was a fisherman, plying his calling in company with his younger brother John and in association with Andrew and Simon. James and his brother John enjoyed the advantage of having known Jesus longer than any of the other apostles.

James Zebedee lived his life to the full, and when the end came, he bore himself with such grace and fortitude that even his accuser and informer, who attended his trial and execution, was so touched that he rushed away from the scene of James’s death to join himself to the disciples of Jesus.

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When he became an apostle, John was twenty-four years old and was the youngest of the twelve. He was unmarried and lived with his parents at Bethsaida; he was a fisherman and worked with his brother James in partnership with Andrew and Peter.

When in temporary exile on Patmos, John Zebedee wrote the Book of Revelation, which you now have in greatly abridged and distorted form. This Book of Revelation contains the surviving fragments of a great revelation, large portions of which were lost, other portions of which were removed, subsequent to John’s writing. It is preserved in only fragmentary and adulterated form.

John traveled much, labored incessantly, and after becoming bishop of the Asia churches, settled down at Ephesus. He directed his associate, Nathan, in the writing of the so-called “Gospel according to John,” at Ephesus, when he was ninety-nine years old. Of all the twelve apostles, John Zebedee eventually became the outstanding theologian. He died a natural death at Ephesus in A.D. 103 when he was one hundred and one years of age.

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Philip was the fifth apostle to be chosen, being called when Jesus and his first four apostles were on their way from John’s rendezvous on the Jordan to Cana of Galilee. Since he lived at Bethsaida, Philip had for some time known of Jesus, but it had not occurred to him that Jesus was a really great man until that day in the Jordan valley when he said, “Follow me.” Philip was also somewhat influenced by the fact that Andrew, Peter, James, and John had accepted Jesus as the Deliverer.

Philip was twenty-seven years of age when he joined the apostles; he had recently been married, but he had no children at that time.

Philip’s wife, who was an efficient member of the women’s corps, became actively associated with her husband in his evangelistic work after their flight from the Jerusalem persecutions. His wife was a fearless woman. She stood at the foot of Philip’s cross encouraging him to proclaim the glad tidings even to his murderers, and when his strength failed, she began the recital of the story of salvation by faith in Jesus and was silenced only when the irate Jews rushed upon her and stoned her to death. Their eldest daughter, Leah, continued their work, later on becoming the renowned prophetess of Hierapolis.

Philip, the onetime steward of the twelve, was a mighty man in the kingdom, winning souls wherever he went; and he was finally crucified for his faith and buried at Hierapolis.

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Nathaniel, the sixth and last of the apostles to be chosen by the Master himself, was brought to Jesus by his friend Philip. He had been associated in several business enterprises with Philip and, with him, was on the way down to see John the Baptist when they encountered Jesus.

When Nathaniel joined the apostles, he was twenty-five years old and was the next to the youngest of the group. He was the youngest of a family of seven, was unmarried, and the only support of aged and infirm parents, with whom he lived at Cana; his brothers and sister were either married or deceased, and none lived there. Nathaniel and Judas Iscariot were the two best educated men among the twelve. Nathaniel had thought to become a merchant.

Nathaniel’s father (Bartholomew) died shortly after Pentecost, after which this apostle went into Mesopotamia and India proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom and baptizing believers. His brethren never knew what became of their onetime philosopher, poet, and humorist. But he also was a great man in the kingdom and did much to spread his Master’s teachings, even though he did not participate in the organization of the subsequent Christian church. Nathaniel died in India.

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Matthew, the seventh apostle, was chosen by Andrew. Matthew belonged to a family of tax gatherers, or publicans, but was himself a customs collector in Capernaum, where he lived. He was thirty-one years old and married and had four children. He was a man of moderate wealth, the only one of any means belonging to the apostolic corps. He was a good business man, a good social mixer, and was gifted with the ability to make friends and to get along smoothly with a great variety of people.

When these persecutions caused the believers to forsake Jerusalem, Matthew Levi journeyed north, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and baptizing believers. He was lost to the knowledge of his former apostolic associates, but on he went, preaching and baptizing, through Syria, Cappadocia, Galatia, Bithynia, and Thrace. And it was in Thrace, at Lysimachia, that certain unbelieving Jews conspired with the Roman soldiers to encompass his death. And this regenerated publican died triumphant in the faith of a salvation he had so surely learned from the teachings of the Master during his recent sojourn on earth.

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Thomas was the eighth apostle, and he was chosen by Philip. In later times he has become known as “doubting Thomas,” but his fellow apostles hardly looked upon him as a chronic doubter. True, his was a logical, skeptical type of mind, but he had a form of courageous loyalty which forbade those who knew him intimately to regard him as a trifling skeptic.

When Thomas joined the apostles, he was twenty-nine years old, was married, and had four children. Formerly he had been a carpenter and stone mason, but latterly he had become a fisherman and resided at Tarichea, situated on the west bank of the Jordan where it flows out of the Sea of Galilee, and he was regarded as the leading citizen of this little village. He had little education, but he possessed a keen, reasoning mind and was the son of excellent parents, who lived at Tiberias. Thomas had the one truly analytical mind of the twelve; he was the real scientist of the apostolic group.

Thomas Didymus had a trying time during the days of the trial and crucifixion. He was for a season in the depths of despair, but he rallied his courage, stuck to the apostles, and was present with them to welcome Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. For a while he succumbed to his doubting depression but eventually rallied his faith and courage. He gave wise counsel to the apostles after Pentecost and, when persecution scattered the believers, went to Cyprus, Crete, the North African coast, and Sicily, preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom and baptizing believers. And Thomas continued preaching and baptizing until he was apprehended by the agents of the Roman government and was put to death in Malta. Just a few weeks before his death he had begun the writing of The Life and Teachings of Jesus.

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James and Judas the sons of Alpheus, the twin fishermen living near Kheresa, were the ninth and tenth apostles and were chosen by James and John Zebedee. They were twenty-six years old and married, James having three children, Judas two.

The twins served faithfully until the end, until the dark days of trial, crucifixion, and despair. They never lost their heart faith in Jesus, and (save John) they were the first to believe in his resurrection. But they could not comprehend the establishment of the kingdom. Soon after their Master was crucified, they returned to their families and nets; their work was done. They had not the ability to go on in the more complex battles of the kingdom. But they lived and died conscious of having been honored and blessed with four years of close and personal association with a Son of God, the sovereign maker of a universe.

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Simon Zelotes, the eleventh apostle, was chosen by Simon Peter.

After the dispersion because of the Jerusalem persecutions, Simon went into temporary retirement. He was literally crushed. As a nationalist patriot he had surrendered in deference to Jesus’ teachings; now all was lost. He was in despair, but in a few years he rallied his hopes and went forth to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.

He went to Alexandria and, after working up the Nile, penetrated into the heart of Africa, everywhere preaching the gospel of Jesus and baptizing believers. Thus he labored until he was an old man and feeble. And he died and was buried in the heart of Africa.

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Judas Iscariot, the twelfth apostle, was chosen by Nathaniel.

When the sordid and sinful business was all over, this renegade mortal, who thought lightly of selling his friend for thirty pieces of silver to satisfy his long-nursed craving for revenge, rushed out and committed the final act in the drama of fleeing from the realities of mortal existence ― suicide.

The eleven apostles were horrified, stunned. Jesus regarded the betrayer only with pity. The worlds have found it difficult to forgive Judas, and his name has become eschewed throughout a far-flung universe.

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  1. Excellent writing. Yes. Much has been left out of the original scrolls by males. 🙂
    After receiving revelation of a female being one of the two witnesses…many things the Holy Spirit revealed to me. In the original scrolls the Holy Spirit was referred to as a ‘she’ and it was changed to a ‘he.’ Which is not a matter of salvation but the fact remains that people read the bible and take the readings literally and the HS does not interpret. Paul had issues with the women who sat on one side, and men on another. The females being chatty kathys were yelling across the room to their husbands and being disorderly. Much of Paul saying that females can not minister or speak was taken literally forever instead of understanding it was for that specific church.

    This is what I tell everyone who seems to like to come up on me and tell me that I can not speak. Yeshua appeared to me and sporadically comes to speak and show me things. He has also given me the gift of Prophecy. He would not have called for me if women were not allowed to minister. He would have called a man.

    A woman was anointed to bring into the world the anointed Yeshua the King.
    A woman anointed Yeshua with oil before He was crucified. (only a wife would be able to touch the body of a man, especially to anoint a body.)
    A woman was the first who He came to after He arose. The same woman who anointed Him before death.
    A woman will be anointed again “The Bride” is His bride (literal) to bring on the Latter rain and anoint the King’s return. History repeats itself in the bible.

    That bride, whoever she is, will will receive the anointing, She is the true bride, only one as the Song of Solomon says, she is Daughter Zion, one of the two anointed witnesses, She is the strange woman, she is New Jerusalem, She is the Harlot who was restored and who will be transfigured and she is the very woman of the apocalypse of Revelation with the 12 stars of the twelve tribes which is the 144,000. She is one of the two witnesses, pregnant with the testimony of the Living God. She is the Angel ‘Wormwood,” the messenger angel, the Lamb’s wife. Only One. The New Eve who will encompass the men. She is the woman who will make herself ready, (who knows what it is that she needs to do before the transfiguration and the marriage to Yeshua happens!) The wedding feast is for us, the friends of the bridegroom (Yeshua.) The bride of Christ will be the Shekinah where the Lord will dwell within her. Her Light will shine for all to see. She will be dressed in the fine linen of the saints and she will have an invisible union in the spiritual with Yeshua and all will see her shining with the transfiguration as Moses did.

    Many people do not understand and they misinterpret the scriptures. Hashem (Father God) and his spouse, Holy Spirit (Sophia) and His Son (Yeshua) are the Heavenly family. Because Yeshua was here in flesh, God in flesh he taught us about everything and the right way to walk in spirit. He also had a bride here, I believe is Magdalene….No man will be a bride nor in a wedding Gown. Yeshua calls that effeminate and He was not polygamist either. His wedding which Father God will smile upon…is in the spiritual. It is not a rapture and the church is not the bride. We are friends and we are the body. The Lord will be married to His bride and restoration and a renewal will begin. This IS THE LATTER RAIN ANOINTING. This is the beginning of the Harvest! Our mission for God will BEGIN when the destruction comes. We will not be leaving for the first half of tribulation. All three fold harvests are not raptures, but a gathering. Barley, 50 days later, Wheat and then the Grape. Those two witnesses will be arriving soon. The beginning of the 3 1/2 years not the middle. The church better get ready to walk in the fire, because this is the purification and sanctification process.

    Those who are true followers of Yeshua, as you say, you have been drinking from His cup already and when that Latter rain anointing comes, many spiritual tools and gifts will be given out. The Lord will give them to male and female. Jew or Greek. Makes no difference. If they believe on the King and are counted worthy…they will receive the tools to complete the Harvest.

    I will say this to you and tie my comment up…when the destruction starts…pray to Yeshua and ask to be found worthy to be a laborer in the Harvest. Your spiritual tools will be sent to you. Then it is your job to go out and minister, when the Lord says it is safe to come out of the Ark, and heal and direct all of HIs lost sheep to Him. Amen?

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    • Last time I was homeless, during the time I was out-on-the-street a few weeks, not in a night shelter (just day shelter), weather was so bad at night and future looked so hopeless I considered killing myself – simply by allowing myself to die from hypothermia instead of trying to find ways to keep warm. I never “hear voices” but rather somehow sense communications left within my soul surfaced into my conscious mind – usually via unusual dreams but not always. The one I got then was very clear. “Go to the Church in the Park meeting Friday evening.”

      With that instruction came a reminder. Matthew 6:25-34… “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life. And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

      So I went to the next Church in the Park meeting. They prefer a natural setting like that . . . just as I always have, so that was one of the things about it that appealed to me. We did have access to an enclosed park structure for the worst of the weather. No money needed for one of those architectural wonders – some churches trying to look bigger and better than others – a big ego money trip.

      There I got a meal, good preaching, some good music by a singer and keyboard player. Then I was introduced to a lady in the real estate business. With her help in October 2015 I got an apartment in November 2015 where I still live. I still had access to disability benefits, but because of the new minimum income rule by most landlords now, not enough and was turned away. Loss of affordable housing is now Number One cause of homelessness here in US – accounting for 51% including families with children. Anyway, had I not gone there that evening, I’d probably not be here now writing this. Also, before apartment was ready, she sent me over to the Salvation Army shelter that has a one-week limit, where being on disability helped get me accepted – and survived the bad weather nights until the apartment was ready.

      Long ago, 1991, when I was a “soldier” in The Salvation Army at Shreveport, I also became weekend night manager of the men’s homeless shelter. That experience led to my return to Wichita and 3rd profession of 10 years (3 professions in 30 years of employment) to eventually become a motel manager . . . until my health bit the dust and I nearly died, repeatedly, and saved repeatedly. I read the “Left Behind” series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which caused me to remember a bible study meeting in 1991 with other soldiers and officers. I’d speculated some soldiers and officers of The Salvation Army might be left behind in order for people who might still be saved to be ministered to. A few jaws hit the floor – they’d never considered it before, but then it made sense to them and they all agreed to the possibility. Not left behind because of rejection, but left behind to help others until they get their final chance to be saved. Events throughout my life have helped to partly prepare me for such a possible future – but with understanding that much of what I do in the meantime (such as profession) will not really matter much – that my real life (no matter how old I am when it happens) will begin and matter when that natural disaster and related events happen. Dialog from the movie “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” kind of fits too…

      Aunty Entity: And what did you do before all this?
      Max: I was a cop, a driver.
      Aunty Entity: But how the world turns. One day, cock of the walk. Next, a feather duster.
      Aunty Entity: Do you know who I was? Nobody. Except on the day after, I was still alive. This nobody had a chance to be somebody.

      Many stories – some in science fiction – have been written about such a major disaster, forcing humans to start over – perhaps a chance to do right and make it better than before if survivors will learn from past mistakes – not engage in evils and abuse of power to make it a dystopia, instead of a utopia. I’ve enjoyed the stories about reaching the stars in a kind of Star Trek kind of future after such a disaster forces us to start over. I do not believe we will reach other inhabitable planets unless God allows it – would not want one world to contaminate another with evil ideas. So I believe Jesus will return and make such distant travel possible after all of the dust settles, so to speak. Not his only purpose for returning, but perhaps one of them. The Kingdom of Heaven – planet Earth will be admitted to – is the spiritual heaven, and inhabited worlds in the physical universe. I don’t see how humans can otherwise get there. We need God. We need Jesus. Then anything is possible.

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      • Everything is possible with Yeshua. You have had your walk in the fire for sanctification and purification already. You can call it all a preparation of your spirit. There will be millions that will be completely lost. They do not know Yeshua, they do not know what it is to hunger, be homeless and they live quite charmed lives at this time. I as well have had my walk in the fire….a lifetime, though my health has been wonderful. I will pray for you Jim. I have been moved all over the United States as if Yeshua has had His hand on me, moving me state to state. Often my car was home, but I have always been blessed to have been sent help. Yes, I do know Yeshua and He will speak or send angels to speak and guide us, but only if we are listening and know Him. You receiving that message is wonderful of the park is wonderful and I smiled as I read it.

        You are a warrior and have been built for survival and for the Harvest. A rough walk, but when all is said and done, and you see that it was all worth it, as a woman in labor forgets about the pain after seeing her child, you will forget the fiery walk that taught you. You have perseverance, courage, strength, faith that no man can shake now. Yeshua has great surprises in store for His followers. I can hardly wait.

        Yes. Been there wishing for the Lord to take my life. I am so happy that I continued to crawl and never give up. The fruition of my walk, as well as yours will be one of amazing restoration and beauty. A crown for ashes comes to mind right now.

        Thank you for sharing your amazing walk and testimony. We would sit up for hours if you were my neighbor and chat. 🙂 We can do all things because Christ is inside and He gives us that strength. I believe you will nod with me when I say these last words. Through all of the suffering, I have learned so much about God, His faithfulness, His love, and how to always treat others who need love, food, shelter and comfort from the words that He has given me. I am ready and sleep with my soldier boots on….waiting on Him. I was sent a messenger a few weeks ago and He spoke scripture while I was in my vision. I was only allowed to remember one of them when I awoke. “Be still and know that I am God.” I am being still, or trying to be and waiting for Him to move. This great event (the 6th seal breaking) is Yeshua opening it. He has it all under control and if we always keep in mind that we are here to do ‘His Will’ than no matter the destruction that He allows, we will be ready to do that will. You have been prepped spiritually and ready. I find it exciting, and I have my popcorn ready for it. It will be the greatest show on earth! We all have been chosen to be here for such a time as this! That is amazing in itself! Hand chosen and tested by fire to bring in the return of Yeshua, our King and savior! I find it exciting, fascinating and beautiful! I can not wait to be with him! His presence is wonderful, and feels so beautiful that dying doesn’t scare me. I want to be with Him, but would never take my life. When it is time though….I will surely be ready to be in the place that Yeshua resides. Until then….
        We love His sheep and we wait for God’s clock to ring and then we will go out to minister. Hey….I kind of think I am a Linda Hamilton type of girl. I look like a diva but there is no man or woman who would not want me by their side, loving them, ministering to them and comforting them.

        Have a blessed day in Christ and thank you for sharing some of your testimony with me. I find you and your walk amazing! Joy

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